Crowdfunding innovative thinking in care

Mark Brown, Shirley Ayres and Stu Arnott

“Knowledge is useless if it’s exclusive. If you really want change, you really want it to be inclusive, where everyone’s included, otherwise you’re just going to have more of the same in the future.” will.i.am interviewed in the Guardian 15th December 2012 @iamwill

I am fortunate to be connected with over 10,000 people through my social networks. If each person in my network invested £7-00 we could produce a weekly Disruptive Social Care podcast throughout 2013. Or if innovative care organisations sponsored a show we would reach our target even more quickly!

The podcasts were developed to promote innovative thinking about care in the 21st century by bringing people and ideas together. With over 5000 downloads and views of the Disruptive Social Care podcast I am proud of our unique communications platform.

When Stu and I launched the Disruptive Social Care podcasts we wanted to spread the word about care innovations, share great ideas and promote the value of digital technology to help people and communities connect and collaborate. We recognised the need for digital leadership to drive the adoption of technology in care.

We are passionate about ensuring that good practice in care, health, housing, education, employment and research is promoted and shared. We want Disruptive Social Care to become the benchmark for innovators. To date we have self funded the podcasts but to reach a bigger audience we need funding. We hope that there are enough innovative individuals and organisations who share our values and will help us to grow the Podcasts.

“The social care sector produces tons of outputs in the forms of papers and reports and so on and I struggle to keep up with a lot of it quite frankly, but I never struggle to find time to listen to your weekly podcast, and I think what is distinctive about it is that you offer a fresh take on a lot of the challenges that we face and I don’t think there’s anything quite like it, so do keep it up, I think it’s a really refreshing contribution, and challenge actually, to the way we do things”

Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy The Kings Fund @richardatkf 

Giving a voice to innovators is essential if we are to develop care services fit for the 21st century. Who could not be inspired hearing about the work of  Simone Florio and the Healthy Living Club at Lingham Court @HLCC supporting people living with dementia, Anthony Ribot @RibotMaximus discussing user experience, design and  Threedom the world’s simplest smartphone and Mark Brown @markoneinfour sharing his thoughts about the need for radical changes in mental healthservices. We have had so many requests from people who would like to be interviewed but the reality is that this needs to be funded. If your care organisation needs a higher public profile (a number of organisations come to mind here)  and you would like us to undertake an independent, provocative and challenging interview with your Chief Executive do get in touch!  

At the moment there is a huge gap in the market for promoting innovative thinking. We need your help and support to continue to produce our independent, provocative and edgy weekly shows. And a very big thank you to our first friends and supporters! @FOL_LTD @Ermintrude2 @Recovery4_me @BPDFFS @MindingsStu @clarkmike @paulbromford

How to sponsor the Disruptive Social Care podcast 

Any questions? Do contact me if you need an invoice before sponsoring the podcasts @shirleyayres

Will we succeed with our very ambitious vision? If innovation and new ways of thinking about care are part of your DNA we hope you will support us. Only time will tell but do keep  an eye on how many innovative organisations are prepared to sign up and support us!

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